The Walking Dead fandom received sad news this week with the death of another TWD Family member. Jansen Panettiere, younger brother to actress Hayden Panettiere, passed away at the tender age of 28. Panettiere starred in many roles during his lifetime and portrayed Casper on The Walking Dead in season 9.
In season 9 of The Walking Dead, Casper was a member of the Hilltop Colony. “The Calm Before” would feature the Kingdom’s fair that brought all the communities together and would end in tragedy with Alpha’s (Samantha Morton) pike victims.
Casper is seen heading to the fair in a horse-drawn wagon with Hilde (Caroline Duncan), Miles (Brian Sheppard), and Martin (Josh Ventura), who are all in high spirits. They are then ambushed by the Whisperer’s leader, Alpha. Alpha would sneak into the fair by using Hilde’s dress, hat, and hair.
Casper would later be seen as a walker and taken down by Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura).
What else does Jansen Panettiere star in?
Like his sister Hayden Panettiere, Jansen began his acting career at a young age. At six years old, he would star in Even Stevens, Blue’s Clues, and Tiger Cruise, the original Disney movie opposite his sister and Bill Pullman.
He also starred in Everybody Hates Chris with fellow Walking Dead actor Tyler James Williams. Other roles he is remembered for include The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, The Perfect Game, Racing Stripes, Robots, Ice Age: Meltdown, The X’s, and MTVs How High 2.
Panettiere was also an artist and featured his work on Instagram.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Panettiere family on the tragic loss of Jansen.